National Poison Prevention Week

— Written By and last updated by

In 2012, poison centers in the United States answered more than 3.4 million calls. That’s one call every 8 seconds. According to the American Association of Poison Centers, children younger than 6 years old account for about half of the calls placed to poison centers. Although poison center data reported a decrease in pesticide-related calls, the Environmental Protection Agency urges the public to remain vigilant in their poison prevention efforts. These figures show the need for everyone to lock up pesticides and household chemicals out of children’s reach.

During National Poison Prevention Week last week, the EPA highlighted the dangers of removing pesticides and other household chemicals from their original containers and storing them in bottles or cans that can be mistaken for beverages. According to recently published poison-center data, annually more than 145,000 calls to poison centers involve disinfectants and other pesticides. Most poisoning happens in people’s homes and is preventable.

Here are tips to help prevent poisoning:

* Post the Poison Control Centers’ national helpline number,
1-800-222-1222 near your phone.
* Program the number into your phone’s “address book” or speed dial feature.
* Read the product label first and follow the directions exactly.
* Never transfer pesticides and other household chemical products to other containers, particularly those that may be mistaken for food or a beverage.
* Don’t use empty pesticide containers to store anything else. No
matter how well you wash the container, it could still contain
residues of the pesticide and could harm someone.
* Seal products after each use and store up and out of children’s
* Use products with tamper-resistant bait stations to protect
children and pets from exposure to mouse and rat poison.
* Remove children, pets and toys before applying pesticides (inside or outside the home). Read label directions to determine when children and pets can re-enter the area that has been treated.

For more information about poisoning prevention in your home visit the EPA website:


Source: Environmental Protection Agency


North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Written By

Photo of Jennifer StroudJennifer StroudCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (252) 527-2191 (Office) jennifer_stroud@ncsu.eduLenoir County, North Carolina
Updated on Apr 9, 2015
Was the information on this page helpful? Yes check No close
Scannable QR Code to Access Electronic Version This page can also be accessed from: